The Bauchi State Police Command on Monday assured residents of Birshin Fulani, a community on the outskirts Bauchi on the Bauchi-Dass road, of adequate security of their lives and property with a view to ensuring peace in the community.
The community in recent times has been under attack by kidnappers who have been abducting residents of the community. Kidnappers recently killed two persons, including a senior staff member of The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Engineer Mohammed Garbage Abubakar.
The latest attack was that of a mother of three, one Mrs Ruqayya Odedoyin, who was kidnapped from her resident in the early hours of Friday last week, while her children were locked up in the house by the kidnappers.
The recent insecurity in the community led some residents, particularly the youth to block the Bauchi-Dass road for some hours on Friday to protest the rampant kidnapping in the community.
Speaking with on the deteriorating security situation in the community, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Mohammed Ahmed Wakil, said the police were doing everything possible to ensure that the people there sleep with their eyes closed.
According to Wakil, a Superintendent of Police (SP), there is tight security now at Birshin Fulani, informing that every nook and cranny in the community has police presence.
He revealed that police operatives in the area were provided with vehicles to carry out their duty of securing lives and property.
“That is why they (police operatives) are given vehicles to be able to enter nooks and crannies. And if you look at it, the modus operandi of the kidnappers is the use of motorcycles. There are areas motorcycles can access that vehicles cannot,” Wakil said.
While warning that no one should politicise the situation in the community, the police spokesman informed that the police had been responding to the people’s distress calls, adding that the current situation does not call for blame game.
” It is not true for somebody to say there is no security there or security have not responded to their distress calls. They responded to their distress calls, ” he submitted.
The PPRO, however, called on member of the public to always assist the police with useful and intelligible information with which the police would act upon.
“Members of the public should appreciate the efforts of the police. They should give credible and intelligence information to the police, so that this menace will be curtailed,” he said.
Speaking on the kidnapping of Mrs Adedoyin, SP Wakil declared that up till now, issues surrounding her adoption were still very sketchy, adding that the police were working to unravel her kidnap.
Some concerned residents of Birshin Fulani in a press release signed by one Abdulhamid Jibrin Birshi, on behalf of the concerned citizens of the community, blamed political office holders in the state, including the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for their inability to act.
“We note with dismay the inability of people in positions of power to do the needful. For instance, from the lowest to the highest political office holders in the land who usually storm our community in search of votes during the campaigns, only the Deputy Speaker paid a condolence visit.
“None of our elected office holders finds it worthy to either sympathize with us or help take a concrete measures that will guarantee our safety and security from the killer gunmen who find pleasure in destroying our hard-earned peace.
“From the member of the State House of Assembly, Danlami Kawule to the House of reps, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, to the Senate member Lawal Yaya Gumau and down to the Governor of Bauchi State, we did not see any concrete support from you people to help us move out of the current security limbo we are in as a community,” Birshi alleged.
He declared that the inability of these political officers holders to pay either personal or official visits in sympathy and solidarity with the people of the community showed that they are only relevant when their votes are needed.